1938-06 (June)

JUNE 1938



Somewhere near you there is a Church speaking to all of eternal verities. But that Church’s power depend upon you. You are the Church.  If you are absent from its services, then its power is lessened, its witness is less powerful, and the whole community is poorer. We in this parish  can generally rejoice in services well attended, but they could be packed to overflowing every Sunday. Will you help to make that possible? In these great days we have a duty to preserve that Church which through the ages has stood for liberty and freedom. These great gifts are threatened in many lands. World events show that when the Church is weakened these priceless gifts are lost to man. We shall be false to our glorious heritage if we do not strengthen our Church in every way we can.



This little paper is, we know, greatly appreciated in every corner of the Parish. Its wide distribution would not be possible but for the willing help of a band of over 40 distributors. We are indeed grateful to them for their  help month by month. We need two or 4 three helpers, and the Vicar will be glad to hear of volunteers for that work.

The Magazine is issued free, but we are grateful. to those parishioners who each year make a contribution to the post. Last year there was a loss of about £10 on the Magazine. A small donation from each family would cover the whole cost.



Mrs. Dewar, 4/-; Mesdames Friend, H. Williams, 2/6 each; Misses Wyber, Mr. E. Hale, 3/-.  



It is plain for all to see that we are living in a day of crisis. Much that we hold dear is being threatened. Yet the very urgency of world problems is forcing people to seek a solution, and as every avenue is explored, the conclusion is brought home with force that is irresistible that it is to God alone that we can look for remedy. But God has revealed His trust in human beings by allowing them to be His instruments for the carrying out of His Will. Thus God’s Way is in our charge. People are ready to listen to those whose religion is vital. The Youth Campaign is catching the imagination of people because the young men and women of our Church are ready to tell others what their religion means for them. By your faithful witness and service at this critical stage in world history you will be doing something to bring a little nearer the Kingdom of God on earth.



May 8  Betty Margaret Pearce.

Brian Harold Thomas.

John Murray Hunn.

15    Guy Jacob,

Brian Jacob.



April 30  Keith Joseph Percy and Cecelia Augusta Ann West.

Oliver Douglas Doon Riddell and Noel Laurie Groves.

May 5  Alexander Lawrence  Woodd and Unity Anne Rollo.



May 28        Elizabeth Grey Hepworth.

29                Helen Garden Moore.



My Dear Parishioners,

The various Parish organisations are now all busy with their winter programmes. It is splendid to see so many people willing to devote their time and work so willingly and gladly for the strengthening of God’s Kingdom. They are rendering service the value of which cannot be measured. Certain it is that the Christian Church is called by God to a great task in these difficult days. We want men and women of high character to serve the nations, and it is only as a sure Christian foundation is laid in human lives that the sort of people the world needs will be forthcoming. By our faithfulness in worship, in Bible reading, in fellowship, in witness, in service, we are doing something  really practical to make the world a better and a happier place.

Your sincere friend and Vicar,




Sunday, 19th June, is being observed throughout the world to commemorate the fourth centenary of the setting up of the English Bible in the Parish Churches. Sometimes we just take the open Bible for granted, but we know that it has been one of the most potent factors in moulding British character. The Bishop asks the Diocese to make much of this great day, and that request is not likely to fall on deaf ears. The services in the Parish on Sunday, 19th June, will be appropriate to this really great occasion and we hope to see crowded churches at all services.



The financial year of the Board of Missions ends on 30th June. This Parish’s quota is £140, and at the moment we are far short of that sum. Members of the Missionary Fellowship and holders of missionary boxes are asked to have their contributions in by 20th June. Those who do not help in either of these ways are asked to make a special gift for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom in heathen lands. It is a great thing to feel that one is having a share in the building up of a world-wide Kingdom of God.  



The annual dance and presentation of trophies of St. Matthew’s Tennis Club will be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, 8th June, at 8 p.m. Card evenings are held in the Common Room on Thursdays, at 7.45 p.m. They are run alternately in aid of the Ladies’ Guild and the Boy Scouts. These are very happy functions, enjoyed by all who attend.

Our Bible Class team will be playing their part in the Youth Campaign this month. Tinui is to be visited on Tuesday, 7th June, and St. Mark’s, Wellington, on Sunday, 12th June.

A Wairarapa Scout farewell will be extended to Miss E. Dillon, district and local cubmaster, in the Parish Hall on Saturday, 4th June.

The annual appeal for Sedgley Home resulted in £75 13s. 7d. being given by parishioners. We are grateful to all who helped us reach this splendid total. The work of the Home is well worthwhile and we are glad that our Church is doing so much of this kind of practical Christian service. Last year’s total was £68 3s. 4d., so there has been a good increase this year. We are grateful to the collectors for their good work.

The Ladies’ Guild now meets regularly every Thursday at 2.30 p.m., and the Girls’ Club every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in the Common Room. New members are always welcome.

There are vacancies in the Altar Flowers Guild owing to removals from Masterton. The Vicar will be glad to hear of volunteers able to take one or more months of this important duty. Parishioners appreciate the work done month by month by in providing and arranging flowers for the Altar.

A full hall greeted the children of St. Matthew’s Sunday School at their annual concert on 27th April. A well-balanced and outstanding programme was presented and heartiest congratulations are extended to all concerned on the splendid success achieved.

Parishioners appreciate the special musical services rendered by the Choir and will be glad to know that the next musical service will be given on Sunday, 26th June, at Evensong, at St. Matthew’s.  



Judging by the demand for tickets, a full house should reward the children of our Kuripuni Sunday School at their Annual Concert, which will be held in the Epiphany Hall, on Saturday, 11th June, at 3 p.m. All are invited to what promises to be an excellent concert.

All lady parishioners who are members of the Church of the Epiphany are invited to the first meeting of the year of the Epiphany Ladies’ Guild, to be held in the Epiphany Hall at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday, 9th June. This is an important meeting, as at it plans for the year’s work will be made.



At the last meeting there was a good discussion on “Christ and Communism.”  The subject was introduced by a paper, read by the secretary, prepared by Mr, J. Wells. So great was the interest taken that it was decided to take the subject a step further at the next meeting, on Monday, 4th July, when Mr. J. Wells will open the discussion. An excellent meeting was held at Carterton with St. Mark’s Branch, when Mr. G. .T. Norris gave a splendid paper, which was followed by discussion. On Sunday, 29th May, our members joined in corporate Communion. It was good to see so many men coming up together.



Do you know that a recent survey of the Diocese of Wellington revealed that 35 more clergy are needed immediately if the work of the Church is to he done at all adequately? Now that the need is known, we can be sure that steps will be taken to meet it. But in the meanwhile we want all the help we can get. Here, as elsewhere, we have a splendid band of voluntary helpers. The laity have a great part to play. Indeed, their witness in their daily life and work, in their faithfulness in public worship, and in speaking as opportunity offers of what their religion means to them, is going to do much to hasten the revival of a living faith which alone can save the world. Will you resolve to play your part? The world needs God, and yours may be the voice which will give God’s call to your neighbour.  



Children have a right to be taught the faith of their fathers. They will have plenty of problems and difficulties to face later on in their lives. On the basis given in Sunday School they will be helped to build their characters on right lines to the lasting good of themselves and of their country. We have a splendid band of teachers ready Sunday by Sunday to give their time to help the children. Parents can best show their appreciation by seeing that their children attend regularly. Sunday Schools meet on Sundays as under:

St. Matthew’s —Kindergarten, in Scout Den, 10 am.; Main School, in Parish. Hall, Lansdowne—Public School, 9.30 a.m.

Upper Plain-- Church Room, 10 a.m..

Kuripuni—Epiphany Hall, 2 p.m.

Taueru--First Sunday, 9.30 and third Sunday, 9.30 am.



We are looking forward to a great day on Sunday, 5th June, when a, visiting Bible Class team will be with us. The team will be: Leader, the Rev. F. A. Tooley; members, Messrs. O. Lamb, W. Cundliffe and W. Girling; Misses L. Treseder, J. Ffitch, and G. Williams. At 4 p.m., members will conduct a Rally Service. This will be followed by tea in the Parish Hall, and at 7 p.m.. the Rally will conclude with Evensong, when the leader of the team will be the speaker.



The Rev. J. E. Jones, a former member of our staff. is now settled at this school, in India. Mr. Jones gives interesting accounts of his work, and has quite settled down in his new home. At the moment, a good deal of his time is being spent in learning the language, but it is plain that the work that is being clone in the school and district is of the utmost value.  


The Rev. E. J. Rich (Vicar), Church Street, Telephone 1096.

The Rev. T. V. Pearson, 1 Victoria Street. Telephone 1502.

Student-assistant, Mr. V. W. Joblin, 31 Worksop Road. Telephone 2231.



Messrs R.E. Maunsell and J. Ninnes



Messrs E. J. Coleman

E. Hale

W. L. Hunter

G. Hyde

A. G. Jones

C. R. Mabson

W. Penistone

P. G. Ramsay

R. G. Russell, and

W. E. Vowell


Lay Readers--

Messrs F. H. Dunderdale

V. W. Joblin and

J. F. Jaine



Mr A. Miller Hope.



Mr Wm. C. Mann



Messrs A. O. Jones and

P. G. Ramsay.


Hon Secretary--

Mr A. O. Jones


Sec. of Envelope System of Giving--

Mr V. H. Heath, 185 Dixon Street.


Hon. Treasurer--

Mr H. A. R. Dunderdale, Perry Street.


Sec. Magazine--

Miss R. Robinson, 66 Essex Street



Mr G. F. Knapp, 79 Pine Street


St. Matthew’s School for Girls--

Principal, Mrs. Max Cleghorn, B.A.



June 12—Trinity Sunday.

St. Matthews:

8 a.m.;

11 a.m. Mattins and Sermon, Scout Parade;

7 pm., Evensong and Sermon.


Church of the Epiphany:

9 a.m. H.C.;

7 p.m.. Evensong and Sermon.


June 14--Tuesday, St Barnabas, A.M.

10.30 am, H.C.


June 19--First Sunday after Trinity.

St. Matthew’s:

8 a.m. H.C., Corporate Communion Bible Classes and Girls’ Club;

11 a.m. Matins and Sermon;

7 p.m. Evensong and Sermon


Church of the Epiphany:

7 p.m., Evensong and Sermon.



1.45 pm, Evensong and Sermon.



2.45 pm, Evensong and Sermon


St. Alban’s, Taueru

9.30 am, Sunday School

10 a.m., H.C.


June 24--Friday. Nativity of St John the Baptist.

10.30 am, H.C.


June 26--Second Sunday After Trinity

St Matthew’s

8 am, H.C., Corporate Communion Sunday School Teachers;

11 a.m., Matins and Sermon;

7 p.m. Evensong and Sermon


Church of the Epiphany

7 p.m. Evensong and Sermon


Public Hospital

4 p.m., Service and Address


Upper Plain

9 am, H.C.


June 28--Tuesday. Vestry Meeting, 7.30 pm


June 29--Wednesday, St Peter, A.M., 10.30 am H.C.


July 3 --Third Sunday after Trinity

St Matthew’s

8 am, H.C.,

11 am, H.C. (Choral) and Sermon,

7 pm, Evensong and Sermon.


Church of the Epiphany

7 pm, Evensong and Sermon


St Alban’s, Taueru: 2 pm Sunday School

2.30 pm Evensong and Sermon.



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St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Masterton, Parish Magazine--1938-06 (June)